thyme square, hornsby

thyme square, hornsby

Jack and the Bean coffee. 43a Florence St, Hornsby (near, but outside of, Westfield). A reader recommended if I’m ever on the north side I should check this place out, and so I headed up to Hornsby to have a look. They’ve clearly had some success: a mix of indoor and outdoor seating is on offer, the interior has a real sense of class about it without being pretentious, and there’s some level of rapport between regular customers and staff – always good to see.

outsdoor seating - thyme square, hornsby

A quick walk-through. There are steps to get in, and steps to move inside to the cash register / seating area, and a couple of extra steps down to the bar, where you can find a large bathroom (including nappy change facilities). Patrons are a little crammed in, but they seem to be enjoying the varied menu.

bar area - thyme square, hornsby

Coffee is a pleasant surprise – some of the bean hunter reviews were not kind, but the fresh-ground decaf (after waiting a number of minutes) was pleasant – easily the best coffee I’ve had in Hornsby. Thanks Daniel for the recommendation!

where the magic happens - thyme square, hornsby


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cafe ism, Newtown

Cafe ism, newtown

Jack and the Bean coffee. 187 Wilson St, Newtown NSW 2042. I’ve driven past this cafe any number of times over the years – Wilson St is a little-known shortcut to bypass much of Newtown’s slow arterial rd – King St. Finally I manage to call in: there’s the usual Saturday morning crowd out for a coffee, or to catch up on some uni work: the tables are close together, and to get a takeaway coffee, it’s necessary to zig-zag up to the counter.

The decaf is pre-ground, sadly, but still has a pleasant flavour: it looks like a place worth multiple visits to sample the menu. I’ll be back!

Update (thanks /karen/): Hours: Mon: 7am-3pm, Tues-Fri 6:30am-4pm; Sat & Sun: 8:30am-4pm. Kitchen closes at 3pm every day.

Beanz Arabica, Rhodes

Toby’s estate coffee. Shop 105, 2 Walker St, Rhodes. A cheerful space with only a few tables indoors, and seating for a dozen more outside. Cheerful staff – and lots of them – work away taking orders, cooking, and making coffees.

The coffee is quite ok: there’s no decaf grinder, so it’s a little stale, bit a pleasant space to pass the time – try the bacon and egg roll on damper: the best of its kind in Rhodes.

Update (20 May 2009): They’ve switched to Jack and the Bean coffee, and the results are great: the coffee is really good now. Also, try the croissants – they make them on site.

beanz arabica, rhodes (interior)

Home espresso, North Sydney

Jack and the Bean espresso, Di Lorenzo decaf. 107 Mount St North sydney. A brand new café in north sydney: using the special blend made by Jack Hanna, 2007 latte art champion, these guys are serious about their coffee. With brown and neutrals as a colour scheme, and relaxed music playing, this is a good space to be in: it seems well suited to a business meeting, or just to spend time with friends.

Coffee is a good temperature, but the real highlight is the flavour: it actually tastes like coffee! Neat latte art, smooth milkwork – this could actually be a place to buy a high quality coffee in north sydney.

One to watch.

Home Espresso, North Sydney